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Hyacinthus XI (Plate 88)
Nuremberg - Ehret, Georg Dionysis. Hyacinthus XI (Plate 88). Engraving with original hand color from 'Hortus Nitidissimus'. Nuremberg, 1750-1773. Approximate paper size 20 x 13 5/8 inches. Very good condition. Arader Galleries has offered the best quality prints for over 40 years. 'Hortus Nitidissimus': one of the greatest of all eighteenth-century botanical books. Christoph Trew, a physician and botanist, had for a number of years been an admirer of Ehret's work. Ehret, a brilliant botanical artist, was unrivalled in his ability to 'achieve realism, majesty, ineffable colour, all in one breathtaking look.' (Hunt). Born in Heidelberg in 1710, he originally worked as a gardener and practised drawing in his spare time. His artistic abilities led him to the service of a Regensburg banker named Leskenkohl, and it was during this period that Trew met Ehret. Trew was to remain a friend and patron of Ehret's throughout his life, and by 1742, the germ of what was to become the present publication was already under discussion when Trew wrote to Christian Thran in Carlsruhe 'Every year I receive some beautifully painted exotic plants [by Ehret] and have already more than one hundred of them.' Arader Galleries stocks the largest inventory in the world of Natural history watercolors, engravings, woodcuts, lithographs, color plate books and reference books on this subject. It is our firm intention never to be undersold.
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